4 Useful Methods to Create Static or Animated Text Effects in Your Word Document

In this article, we would like to present you 4 useful methods to create static or animated text effects in your Word document.

A professional document requires more than enlightening contents. In many cases, formatting plays a vital role. Therefore, to stand your document out, you can choose to apply either static or animated text effects to them, using methods in the coming explanation.

Create Static Effect

First there are 2 methods for creating static effect.

Method 1: Convert Texts to Shapes in Word 2003

  1. Firstly, you should know you can’t apply text effects like shadow or 3-D style to plain texts directly. The fact is that shadows and 3-D styles can only be applied to shapes. For this reason, we will convert texts to shapes by employing WordArt.

Simply click “Drawing” on the toolbar first to bring out more options.

  1. Then select the text and click “WordArt”.Click "Drawing"->Click "WordArt"
  2. Next choose a WordArt style and click “OK”.
  3. Now click on the WordArt and choose a style either from shadow or 3-D styles.Choose a Style

Method 2: Apply Text Effects to Texts Directly in Word 2007 or Version Later

  1. First off, select texts.
  2. Then click “More” button in “Font” group under “Home” tab.
  3. In “Font” dialog box, click “Text Effects” to trigger “Format Text Effects” box.
  4. Next set the formatting as you like.
  5. Click “Close” and “OK” respectively in “Format Text Effects” and “Font” boxes.Select Text->Click "More" in "Font" Group->Click "Text Effects" ->Set Formatting->Click "Close"->Click "OK"

Here is the result:Effect in Word 2010

Create Animated Effect

Now there are 2 ways to create animated effect.

Method 1: Create in Word 2003

  1. To start with, select texts.
  2. Then click “Format” on toolbar.
  3. Next choose “Font” on the drop-down menu.Click "Format"->Click "Font"
  4. In “Font” dialog box, click to display the “Text Effects” tab.
  5. Then select one animation style.
  6. Lastly, click “OK”.Click "Text Effects"->Choose one Animation Style->Click "OK"Animated Effect in Word 2003

Method 2: Run Word Macro in Word 2007 or Version Later

  1. First and foremost, select text then click to display “Developer” tab.
  2. Then click “Visual Basic” to open VBA editor.Click "Developer"->Click "Visual Basic"
  3. Next click “Normal” and then “Insert”.
  4. Choose “Module” to insert a new one under “Normal” project.Click "Normal"->Click "Insert"->Click "Module"
  5. Double click on it to open editing area.
  6. Then paste the bellowing codes there:
Sub ApplyTextEffect()
  ActiveDocument.ActiveWindow.View.ShowAnimation = True
  With Selection.Font
    .Animation = wdAnimationSparkleText
  End With
End Sub
  1. Hit “Run” button at last.Paste Codes->Click "Run"

The outcome is as same as that in method 1.


In code line “.Animation = wdAnimationSparkleText”, the “wdAnimationSparkleText” refers to the exact effect employed on texts. For more style, you can visit: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/previous-versions/office/developer/office-2010/ms265167(v=office.14)s

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